San Jose scale


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San Jose scale

n.
A destructive scale insect (Quadraspidiotus perniciosus) that infests the bark, foliage, and fruit of fruit trees.

[After San JoseCalifornia.]

San Jose scale

n
(Animals) a small E Asian homopterous insect, Quadraspidiotus perniciosus, introduced into the US and other countries, where it has become a serious pest of fruit trees: family Diaspididae
[C20: from its first being seen in the United States at San Jose, California]

San′ Jose` scale′


n.
a scale insect, Aspidiotus perniciosus, that is highly destructive to fruit trees and shrubs throughout the U.S. Compare armored scale.
[1885–90, Amer.; after San Jose, California]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.San Jose scale - small east Asian insect naturalized in the United States that damages fruit treesSan Jose scale - small east Asian insect naturalized in the United States that damages fruit trees
armored scale - insect having a firm covering of wax especially in the female
Aspidiotus, genus Aspidiotus - a genus of Diaspididae
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